A Commerce of Taste: Church Architecture in Canada, by Barry Magrill

By Barry Magrill

In the late-nineteenth century the circulate of development books that includes medieval church structure in England facilitated an extraordinary unfold of Gothic revival church buildings in Canada. enticing a number of issues round the unfold of print tradition, faith, and cost, A trade of flavor info the company of church development. Drawing upon formal architectural research and cultural thought, Barry Magrill indicates how development books supply a special means of learning the relationships among style, ideology, privilege, social swap, and economics. style was once an idea used to legitimize British - and to an quantity Anglican - privilege, whereas different denominations resisted their aesthetic edicts. development books ultimately misplaced regulate of the exclusivity linked to style as advances in printing know-how and transatlantic transport introduced extra books into and readerships extended past the pro periods. through the early 20th century style had develop into diluted, the architect had misplaced his heroic prestige, and architectural differences between denominations have been much less obvious. Drawing jointly the historical past of church development and the wider styles of Canadian social and ancient improvement, A trade of style provides an alternate point of view at the unfold of spiritual monuments in Canada by means of taking a look squarely at trend books as resources of social clash round the factor of taste.

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Publishers sold the latest architectural fashions by using pseudo-etched prints marketed as historical authority. The result of the scheme of promoting history to market the latest trends in architecture replaced the mystifying experience of an original work of art with the exhibition value of mechanical reproductions. 25 The attractiveness of the illustrations in the pattern books had a great impact on both professional and non-professional readers. So long as the images were well illustrated, readerships did not seem to mind that lithography had replaced original drawings.

15 The reference to “Popery” was a derogatory term used by Anglicans to describe what they believed was an overabundance of ritual in Roman Catholic church service. The implication that Roman Catholic church architecture was impure or “dross” meant that Anglicans claimed the entirety of English medieval architectural history for their own. Indeed, it even appeared unnecessary, or redundant, for Wills to include the term Anglican in the title of his pattern book, as was the case with most others written for Anglican use, furthering the Church of England’s assertion of exclusive cultural ownership of English medieval architecture and its premiere place in pattern book production.

7). The architect invigorated the surface of his church with rich ornamental detail on the buttresses, Fig. 6 Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Montreal, Quebec. 24 • a commerce of taste Fig. 7 St Mary’s, Snettisham, Norfolk, England, thirteenth century. spire, windows, and the projecting triple-arched western porch. The roughly textured Montreal greystone added another layer of richness to this building erected, on rue Saint-Catherine, in Montreal’s emerging commercial sector. Bishop Francis Fulford of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal was charged with overseeing the plans for construction.

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